Audiology

Hear a Better World

Audiology issues can affect people of all ages and can even affect your health. Hearing loss is shown to be associated with loneliness, depression and a decrease in quality of life. The team at Janning ENT Center is dedicated to helping you hear and feel your best by first figuring out what is causing the problem.

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Common Audiology Problems & Causes

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss refers to not being able to partially or completely hear in one or both ears. Typically happening over a period of time, you may not realize changes in your hearing right away. Hearing loss is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises or music and aging, but it can also be caused by wax buildup, allergies, head trauma, swimmer’s ear, birth defects and more. Untreated ear infections may also lead to hearing loss.

Hearing Loss and Dementia

Did you know there is a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline? Researchers have found a link to hearing loss and memory loss. Studies show that addressing hearing issues as early as possible decreases the likelihood of developing dementia over time. Contact our office if you have concerns about the effects of your hearing loss. 

Single Side Deafness

This condition happens when you cannot hear out of one ear but clearly out of the other. It can be caused by an ear injury, tumor, illness or blockage. This can be a serious medical emergency. Contact our office immediately if you experience sudden hearing loss in one or both ears.

Janning ENT Solutions

Janning ENT Center understands the difficulties faced for individuals with hearing loss. If you think it’s time to see someone about your hearing issues, contact our team. We are here to help you find the best solution to your situation.

Hearing Aids

Are you experiencing hearing loss? A hearing aid might be your solution. We’ll help you make the right choice.

Hearing Aids in Willmar, Minnesota
Tests

Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive hearing examination. After your hearing exam, recommendations will be made to help. You may need wax removed, medical intervention due to fluid build-up, communication strategy counseling, or hearing instruments.

Protection

There are many ways to protect your ears from audiology issues. To avoid loud noises, wear ear plugs when attending concerts, mowing the lawn, using power tools or riding a motorcycle, and turn down the volume while listening to headphones. To prevent ear injuries, wear a seatbelt when riding in the car and a helmet while riding a bike or motorcycle. The rule of thumb is, if you need to shout to be heard at an arm’s length distance, the noise is too loud. Turn it down, walk away, or protect your ears.

Communicating Strategies

It can be difficult to communicate when suffering from hearing loss. If you are having difficulties conversing with someone experiencing audiology problems, try to enunciate clearly to allow the person to read lips more effectively. You can also talk in a quiet environment, repeat yourself if necessary and write down important information.

Tinnitus

This condition is an occasional or constant ringing in the ears. Some may describe their tinnitus as even a hissing, buzzing, whistling or roaring sound. It can be experienced in one or both ears by people of all ages. Some experience subjective tinnitus, where only you can hear the ringing, or objective tinnitus, where you and others can hear the ringing. Tinnitus is often caused by damage to the middle or inner ear.

Janning ENT Solutions

Tinnitus can be frustrating to those suffering from it. Though there is no cure, there are treatments that can be done to ease the symptoms. Schedule a hearing test with the team at Janning ENT Center to learn what steps we can take to help you feel better.

Children's Hearing Exams in Willmar, Minnesota

Pediatric Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects, but some children may develop it later. Because hearing plays a vital role in a child’s development, it is important to catch the condition early. Signs your child could have hearing loss include not reacting to a sudden noise, not responding to the sound of your voice, poor speech or difficulty learning. 

Janning ENT Solutions

If your child has any of the above symptoms, frequent or chronic ear infections, or if your family has a history of hearing loss, set up an appointment to talk with the audiology experts at Janning ENT Center. Our staff will make your child feel safe and understood during testing.

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